Age: Older than Steven Colbert but younger than Mayor Riley or Mick Jagger. Age(less)
Super Hero Nickname: SalaMan(der)
Weakness: Deviled eggs. I can eat 50 in an hour. (See favorite movie…)
Five-Year Plan for Charleston in ONE WORD: Dry
Favorite Charleston Restaurant Meal: Vegetable plate at Hominy Grill
Elvis or Beatles: Belvis
Favorite movies: Blazing Saddles. Cool Hand Luke.
Guilty pleasure: Sneaking a 3.5 ounce tube of toothpaste through airport security in my carry-on suitcase.
What do you love about Charleston?
“Charleston is a unique blend of history, architecture, culture and nature. It is always exciting and, like the tides that surround it, always in flux. I love the passion Charlestonians have for protecting this extraordinary place.”
What is your vision for Charleston in 10-20 years?
“I hope the political, business and civic leadership of this region will more fully embrace the importance of stewardship — of the environment, history and quality of life. I envision a region with a truly multi-modal transportation system, where walking, biking, buses and light rail have overthrown the tyranny of single-occupant automobiles. I envision rural areas like Johns Island with thriving agricultural economies, meeting the demands of the regional population for healthy food. I envision a greenbelt of protected land encircling the three-county metropolitan region, ensuring the survival of historic and ecological landscape that gave rise to Charleston 300 years ago. I envision a civic mindset in which conservation is the foundation for regional decision-making.”
As founder and executive director of the Coastal Conservation League, what does it mean to you to be a progressive leader?
“It is a privilege to be able to work on issues that are fundamentally important to the future of the environment and to subsequent generations.”
What do you do for fun?
“Run, bicycle, kayak, play the guitar, sing, and read”
What inspires you?
“Beautiful landscapes, birds, passionate and creative people, music”
How can others make a difference in the community?
“Through the exercise of radical consumerism (insisting that the food they buy is locally grown whenever possible), radical employee-ism (insisting that the places they work embrace sustainable practices, including sourcing food locally, investing in energy efficiency, supporting biking and walking), and radical citizenship (running for office, voting for worthy representatives, and holding politicians accountable for protecting the common good).”
What is something about you that would surprise most people?
“I would love to own a red Lotus for Sunday drives to Wadmalaw.”
Words by: Claire Gibbons
Photography by: Karson Photography